Posts Tagged ‘LSI Brighton’

From English Language Student to CELTA Teaching – Anna’s Story

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

At LSI we love to hear what motivates our teachers to teach. We asked Anna about her path to CELTA teaching. What makes her story even more interesting is that Anna comes from Russia. She had to learn English before learning to teach it! Now in her role as a CELTA teacher she shows fellow teachers how to teach English.

“Hello! My name is Anna Neil and I am a teacher and the newest teacher trainer on the Cambridge CELTA course at LSI Brighton. I’ve been teaching English for 7 years and truly enjoy it but my path to this career wasn’t a simple one. Nor was it the most obvious one! In fact you could say I’ve had some career twists and turns on my path to CELTA teaching.

When I first moved to Brighton in 2007 it was to pursue a career in event management. I chose a Master’s programme at the University of Brighton. However as a non-native speaker I needed to improve my level of English first. I was determined to pass the Certificate of Advanced English and the IELTS exam which I managed to do successfully within a year. Living in a foreign country and being immersed in its language has made me aware of the experience that students have when learning a language.

Although my previous studies were in the business field I have always been interested in languages. My fascination with linguistics was formed as a student of English and has continued throughout my career as a teacher. After a short career in business, I moved into English teaching, gaining relevant qualifications between 2010-2011. Soon after, I took a job at LSI and have been teaching there ever since.

In addition to teaching classes, I became interested in preparing and delivering teacher development sessions. Since 2011, I have run a number of workshops in-house as well as sessions for the Sussex Director of Studies Association. All these various forms of teacher development have made me realise that I was ready to further my teaching qualifications and gain deeper insights into the profession. I successfully completed a Diploma in TESOL in 2015 and have recently finished training to become a teacher trainer on LSI’s CELTA courses in Brighton. I am currently teaching on my first CELTA teaching programme.

I’ve found teaching to be a very rewarding and inspiring job. As a teacher I try to plan dynamic and interactive lessons. I have a particular interest in using technology in class as it allows me to achieve this. I believe that on going professional development is an essential part of any job. As such I would encourage all my fellow teachers to never stop learning.”

Anna Neil has gone from teaching English to students to CELTA Teaching

Anna sitting in front her students

Find out more about LSI Brighton’s CELTA training courses.

New Student Residence in Brighton

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The Phoenix Hall student residence is a great new addition to accommodation options at LSI Brighton. Based in the city’s main student area and centrally located, the halls are ideally placed to explore Brighton. Nearby there are a wide variety of bars, restaurants and cafés. Key tourist spots such as the Pavilion, Pier and the beach  are a 10 minute walk away.

Phoenix Hall consists of self-contained flats for 6-8 people. Guests stay in single en-suite bedrooms with access to a fully equipped shared kitchen and communal lounge. Free WIFI and parking are also included. 

The Phoenix Halls will be available to book during the summer months only, from July to September. It’s proving to be a popular choice already, so book early to avoid missing out!

View our brochure for all the options at LSI Brighton.

Bedrooms and kitchens at Phoenix Halls Student Residence

English Language Teacher Training – Free Online Introductory Course

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Future Learn, an online learning platform, is offering a free English Language Teacher Training course aimed at prospective TEFL teachers. The course, entitled ‘Exploring the World of English Language Training‘, discusses what TEFL teachers need to know about the language, the skills they will need and the type of resources available. The courses starts on 13th February and runs for 6 weeks. Future learn have produced a short video outlining the course.

Who can take the free English Language Teacher Training course?

If you live in the UK and English teaching is something you might be considering then this course is perfect. You’ll get the chance to watch practising TEFL teachers and listen to feedback from their students. During the course, experienced teacher trainers will cover different aspects over 6 weeks. Requiring only 2 hours of study per week, this taster course may help you to decide whether TEFL teaching is for you. Click here to enrol on the February course or to register and interest in future ELT courses.

The Next Step

Past students have used this free course as a preparatory course for the Cambridge CELTA courses. The CELTA qualification is becoming essential for those interested in working in ELT in the UK and elsewhere. LSI Brighton run CELTA courses throughout the year.

For more details  about CELTA dates and prices contact the school.

Student teacher on English Language Teacher Training course

CELTA training at LSI Brighton

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

LSI Brighton is now offering the Cambridge CELTA teacher training programme. In the first of our blog posts about the course we explain how to apply for the course:

The Cambridge CELTA course is the UK’s gold standard initial English Teaching “TEFL” course. It has straightforward entry requirements and admission to the course is normally by interview which we can organise in person or via a service like Skype.

In addition to this, potential candidates have to show a good familiarity with how the English language works. This is known as “language awareness” and there is a task to complete as part of the application process.

The CELTA course is a very intensive course and involves teaching practice sessions from very early in the programme (the second day on a full time course!) so it’s important that trainee teachers can understand and also explain the structure of English to students.

What qualifications do I need to apply for a CELTA course?

At LSI Brighton we normally expect candidates to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent, but 2 A Levels are the minimum requirement. The school will also consider any relevant experience as part of the application.

How much knowledge of English do I have to demonstrate?

We do expect and recommend that applicants access reference material when completing the language awareness task. If, however, you don’t have sufficient “language awareness” to complete the application form, or we advise you that your awareness isn’t yet comprehensive enough to accept you on the course we can recommend a selection of books and on-line English grammar courses.

English is not my first language, can I apply?

Yes you can. We expect candidates to have to have a near-native level of English. This equates to CEFR C2, IELTS 8.0 or a good pass at Cambridge CAE

Preparing for the course:

After you’ve been accepted it is naturally a good idea to continue to improve your knowledge of both teaching methods and English grammar before you start the course!  Once accepted onto the course, LSI Brighton will give you login information for our e-learning platform E-LSI.

For more information about the CELTA qualification and guidance from Cambridge on application, please see www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/

For advice from our CELTA team, please contact us on 01273 722060 or email celta-brighton@lsi.edu

LSI expansion in the UK – LSI merger with LTC

Friday, September 30th, 2016

LSI is growing from strength to strength in the UK following LSI’s recent acquisition of  the LTC language school chain. LTC has schools in Brighton and London which have now been acquired as part of  LSI Group.

In Brighton the two schools are only a short ten minute walk from each other. Like the current LSI Brighton building, the LTC school is housed in four elegant interconnecting townhouses and with an extra 18 classrooms at our disposal, LSI will be able to accommodate over 200 additional students in the two buildings. The new facilities include a large student lounge that can seat 50 students and a large patio garden with space for over 100 students. There is also a student kitchen and a computer lab. LSI plans to extend the Junior summer camp in Brighton to make full use of the newly acquired building and the nearby St Christopher’s preparatory school.

In London, LSI are planning to run an additional junior summer camp programme from LTC’s London Ealing campus.  LSI London Ealing junior programme will take place at Ealing Green College located just 10 minutes walk from Ealing Station (west of Central London). The College has a warm, friendly atmosphere and students enjoy a canteen overlooking Walpole Park, and free internet access, among other amenities. Ealing is a hot spot for London families seeking  a safe environment for their children whilst being close enough to central London to enjoy all the fun things London has to offer.

 

A Student’s Perspective on LSI’s UK Schools

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

We always love to hear about students who enjoy their time at LSI so much that they decide to come back. LSI Brighton school director, Rachel Vallins, talked to one student, Eduardo Vera Abad, who has studied at LSI London Central, LSI Brighton and LSI Cambridge to hear about his experiences.

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel: So, Eduardo it’s your last day at LSI Brighton.
Eduardo: Unfortunately, it’s the last day. I would like to stay longer but sadly I have to go back to work. I’m already planning the next trip and of course it’s with LSI.
Rachel: Fantastic. How do you feel about leaving?
Eduardo: Well, I have to say I’m happy but at the same time I’m a little sad because I will miss the exciting English lessons,  the teachers,  the students, the ambience of the school, the city and many other things.
Rachel: How did your LSI story start? I believe you went to Cambridge first in 2015.
Eduardo: Yes, the first time was in Cambridge. It‘s a very nice school. It’s a fantastic city – I love the river. I spent a lot of time walking next to the river and the park. It’s lovely.
Rachel: After Cambridge, where did you go next?
Eduardo: I was in London Central, I spent three weeks there. London is a big city so I really needed more time.
Rachel: Why did you choose LSI?
Eduardo: I love travelling but I thought why not learn English at the same time? I think it’s never too late to learn a language and as long as I can, I will keep doing it. I will keep coming to England and why not once more to Brighton? Wherever you have a school,  I will go.
Rachel: If you had to compare the three schools, Cambridge, London and Brighton, what’s different about them and what’s similar?
Eduardo: It’s true that even in the same school the teachers are different and have different ways to teach. But I have to say that all my teachers in Cambridge, London and Brighton were lovely, very good and interesting. I couldn’t say which school I prefer.
Rachel: I’ve heard that you want to go to America and possibly some other LSI locations.
Eduardo: Yes, I’m thinking about going to Berkley or New York. I asked for a brochure. I’m planning to do a trip in October.
Rachel: Great. What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt from coming to LSI Brighton?
Eduardo: The vocabulary exercises have helped me a lot to learn more and helped me to remember, it’s very important.
Rachel: Thank you very much for this interview Eduardo. We’ll miss you.
Eduardo: Me too. I’ve really enjoyed my time, thank you.

 

Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

How To Teach an Old Dog New Tricks – Language Learning Tips for the Older student

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Mature student Donato, who is currently studying English at LSI Brighton,  put together some amusing language learning tips for the LSI Brighton student publication ‘LSI Living’…

Are you in your thirties/forties/fifties/sixties? Does your English go slightly beyond “Nice to”meet you” and “How are you?” Do your children use English like a secret language, so that you are never aware of what they are getting up to? Trust me, it is never too late! Here is some good advice to improve your English based on my own experience:

  1. Attend an LSI Brighton course. Yes, your classmates will be teenagers looking at you as if you are a strange insect who’s fallen in their soup . One of them could, even tell you: “You know, my mother is much younger than you!” (true story]. The right reaction to that? Stop crying and go on studying!
  2. Watch English movies in the original language. It is going to be a weird experience, I know, but when you get Maggie Smith’s lines in “Downton Abbey”, oh, guys, you will be so excited!
  3. Try to read English books. Don’t start with the greatest masterpiece in UK literature: you will never get through it. Start with comic strips, instead, and then go on to something else . If you have a hobby,
    choose a publication dedicated to it: reading will be easier and pleasant.
  4. Study A LOT and do your homework. You have lost a good part of your neurons, ( sorry about that), and learning is not as easy as when you were in your 20S. BUT, you are older and more mature (I mean, you should be … ) so that when your classmates are leaving for a party on the beach, tell them “Enjoy the party!”, take your worksheets and review the lesson. (It sounds a little bit sad, right? Yeah, I agree with you).
  5. Driving your car to work, wear your earphones and start a conversation with your invisible teacher. Be careful, he/she is very strict !
  6. There are so many chat and discussion forums. Sign up and let’s start to write to someone in the UK. OK, your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend probably wouldn’t be happy at all to know about that. But in a couple there are some secrets that have to be kept!

LSI Living – The LSI Brighton newsletter Produced by Students for Students

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
LSI Brighton News Team

LSI Brighton News Team

Teacher Delia Chandler is spear-heading an innovative new project at LSI Brighton. Under her expert guidance (Delia has spent 25 years in journalism, travelling and the arts), LSI students are learning the requisite skills to work in journalism, in graphic design and  in publications whilst improving their own language skills. However as Delia explains the main purpose of the publication is to ‘inform, entertain, and ease the transition from [the student’s] home country into the LSI language school community’.

The production of the newsletter had previously been used as part of an intermediate level class project but Delia decided to take the project one step further by offering students of all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to put what they had learnt in class into action.

The  current students who make up the newsletter staff are pretty representative of the LSI Brighton student population, hailing from many different countries and working backgrounds. What unites them is their common interest in journalism, photography and graphic design. The newsletter staff are proving to both enthusiastic and committed, with the weekly newsroom meeting to discuss short story ideas and production issues, being well attended.

Check out the LSI Living Publications on the following links:

LSI Living Issue 1

LSI Living Issue 2

LSI Living Issue 3

LSI Living Issue 4

Academic English Course – the Path to Success

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

This unique course, offered only at LSI Brighton, offers intensive preparation for students who wish to study at an English speaking university. Both morning and afternoon classes focus on the higher level speaking, listening, writing and reading skills required to succeed at university and help students to work towards specific English level test exams, such as IELTs and TOEFL, that are part of the university entry requirements.

The morning skills classes encompass topics such as effective note-taking, delivering presentations, technical writing, using the most appropriate register for written work and presentations, looking at the  fluency/accuracy balance. The classes also cover the vocabulary and grammar necessary to achieve good results . Afternoon classes focus on specific exam preparation and cover exam strategies and techniques. What makes LSI Brighton’s Academic English stand out from other LSI programmes is the ability to  study for IELTS and TOEFL as part of both the AM and PM classes, thus giving more flexibility to students who can only study in the morning.

Key features:

  •  Age: 16+
  • English level: Intermediate +
  • 1 – 12 weeks (other weeks available on request)
  • 30 lessons per week
  •  Available at LSI Brighton only

If you are serious about studying at an English speaking university, the Academic English course might be exactly what you’re looking for. For more information view our Academic English Video or contact LSI Brighton.

Getting around Brighton with the VisitBrighton App

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

If you are planning to travel to Brighton either as a tourist or as a student, the VisitBrighton App (available for both iPhone and Android phones) will ensure you can make the most of your time in the city. This essential mobile guide includes:

  • Hundreds of business listings – each with images, description, opening hours, prices, contact details, location and directions – covering places to eat & drink, accommodation, shops, attractions, venues and things to do
  • Filters for type of cuisine, accommodation, shop and city area
  • ‘Live’ event listings so you know what’s on during your visit
  • Mini-guides to the ‘City Villages’ of Brighton & Hove
  • Links to themed walking tour podcasts
  • ‘Essentials’ information including travel, Post Offices, hospitals etc
  • Pre-set themed Itineraries

Download the app from itunes